Tadley Calleva 1-1 Sholing
Boatmen's 100% record came to an end, but they still remain undefeated after a battling draw at Tadley. Sholing were dealt an early blow inside 5 mins as Jake Hoole had to go off after a clash of heads. Sholing then had a succession of chances, with the keeper denying Dan Mason & TJ, before Byron planted a header wide when well placed. Gosney made a good save, but there was another injury blow just before half time when Lee Wort went off. Tadley hit the post after the restart before taking the lead on 51 mins when after a break-away, Hallahan found the bottom corner from 18 yards. Sholing piled on the pressure, as Tadley sat back on their lead. On 71 mins, a freekick in the box saw Byron go up for a header with the ball skidding past the far post, but Dan Mason was there to coolly poke in from an angle. The Boatmen threw it all forward for a winner, but the best opening saw Dan denied by a reflex save with the keepers feet.
Lee Wort smashed a hat-trick as the Boatmen steamrolled Fareham Town to make it 15 out of 15 in the League. On a heavy pitch, Sholing were up against a club who have often been something of a bogey team in the past. However, today, the Boatmen created chances at will and took 5 of them. Byron Mason opened the scoring, heading in TJ's corner on 22 mins. Targett then hit the post before he set up Lee Wort to slot home on 39 mins. After the break, Wort's shot in a crowded area went off Dan Mason, with D-Dan claiming the goal. Byron hit the bar as the efforts rained down on the Fareham goal as hard as the rain from the sky. On 59mins, Dan Mason won the ball off a defender and set up Lee Wort to score. That was Sholing's 100th goal in all competitions this season. On 83 mins, Jake Hoole did well to get the ball into the area where Lee Wort hit a half volley off the post for his hat-trick. Fareham got a late consolation with pretty much, their only shot of the game, as Sholing cruised to their 18th win in a row - Match Report & Video
Even by the Boatmen's very high standards this season, this was a fantastic performance to roar into the FA Vase 4th round and make it 17 wins in a row. Pagham had only lost once this season in the league, but they were torn to bits in a first half where Sholing ran riot. Dan Mason, making his 350th appearance got the ball rolling on 5 mins when his run into the box saw his effort deflected past the keeper. On 22 mins, Alex Sawyer pounced on a rebound to poke home, before on 35 mins, Lee Wort's shot was well saved, but the rebound was swept in by Dan Mason. Right on half time, Byron Mason nodded in at the far post, in a first 45 mins where Sholing also had 2 shots cleared off the line and the Pagham keeper made several good saves. Pagham pulled one back on 51 mins, but 2 minutes later, Dan Miller scored with a towering header from a corner. Ryan Gosney then made a terrific penalty save on 62 mins before a brilliant individual goal by Brad Targett on 84 mins. Pagham got a late consolation, but this was a fantastic display by the Boatmen to go into the hat on Monday - Match Report & Photos
Jake Hoole's late winner with 4 minutes remaining kept Sholing's 100% record going, but they came under severe examination by 3rd place Horndean. Boatmen were thankful for several excellent second half saves by Ryan Gosney as the visitors created the better openings for the majority of the match. After an even first half, Boatmen created two good chances from the restart with Byron & Dan Mason both heading over when well placed. Game remained on a knifedge, with Gosney & his defence keeping Horndean at bay, until on 86 minutes the Boatmen snatched the winner. Dan Mason flicked on a ball into the right channel, where Lee Wort bust a gut to get to it and cut back into the box for Jake Hoole to spin and finish to make it 14 out of 14 for Sholing after a sad week for the club - Match Report & Photos
Extremely sad & shocking news that Alessandro (Alex) Zarrelli has died following a road traffic accident on Sunday. Alex (34) had very recently joined the club, making two appearances from the bench after a long career playing and coaching in Non League & Youth Football. The club sends its deepest condolences to Alex's friends & family. RIP.
Dan Miller's second half header was the difference between the two sides as the Boatmen went through to the Hampshire Cup Quarter Finals and registered their 15th win on the spin. The Royal Navy team put in a good performance, making it tough for Sholing and it always felt like a game where one goal would probably win it. It arrived on 70 minutes, as Miller rose highest at the far post to power in a header from a corner - Match Report
It wasn't unlucky 13 for the Boatmen as they continued their 100% League record with a deserved win over Baffins Milton Rovers. After a quiet opening to the game, Baffins missed a golden chance to score and were made to pay a minute later when Marv's run & cross eventually found Lee Wort to hammer home from 10 yards on 34 mins. Dan Miller then had a header cleared off the line as Sholing took control of the match. On 50 mins, Dan Mason scored his 29th and probably most scruffy goal of the season as a clearance by the keeper hit him and sailed back into the net. There was nothing scruffy about the 3rd on 80mins, as a classy build up involving Marv & Ryan Mackney ended with Dan Mason smashing into the top corner, his 30th of the campaign. The visitors got a consolation goal on 83, but Sholing racked up their 14th win in a row - Match Report & Photos
Sholing 1-0 AFC Totton
Jake Hoole's second half goal put the Boatmen through to the Russell Cotes Cup 3rd Round as they defeated Southern League side, AFC Totton. In front of a good crowd of 202, both sides made changes, but still put out strong line-ups, although it was a low-key first half, with a shot a-piece on target by both sides. Game livened up in the 2nd half as Sholing threatened more, with Hoole forcing the keeper into a fantastic diving save. He wasn't to be denied on 72 minutes, as Targett's shot was blocked, but fell to Jake Hoole, 10 yards out to smash home his 6th goal of the season. Lee Wort went close twice and apart from a late chance for Bennett, Totton were unable to breach the solid Boatmen defence, as the club chalked up a 15th clean sheet of the campaign and 13th win on the trot - Match Report
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